Barbados Government’s 140 Days Of Broken Promises – In Four Easy Steps

UPDATED: December 19, 2011

Here we are after almost four years of Democratic Labour Party government and no Integrity Legislation that the DLP promised. There’s no promised Freedom of Information law so the politicians can still do what they like and hide. No accountability. No conflict of interest rules so government officials can award contracts to their own companies. In the last four years several officials have done just that and continue in their employment.

This post was originally published in June 2008 when we decided that we had been fooled. LOOK AT THE COMMENTS by the DLP supporters calling us down to the lowest. We were called everything under the sun because that Integrity Legislation was right around the bend.

Where are these DLP apologists now? What do they have to say four years later?

The DLP lied to us. They are lying still, and so are the BLP. Who are you going to vote for? For me, my vote goes to “Anybody except the DLP and BLP”.

BFP’s original story, first published June 3, 2008…

DLP’s Broken Promises in Four easy to understand steps…

Step #1… Promise Those Foolish Bajans That You Will Deliver On Integrity, Transparency and Accountability

Step #2… When Voters Express Doubts: Act Sincere, Repeat Promises

January 3, 2008

Hello BFP folks

Apologies for not getting back to you much sooner.

DLP leader David Thompson hosted a press conference today where he distributed the attached documents dealing with a proposed legal framework to promote accountability, transparency and accountability in public life and fight corruption.

The Ministerial Code takes effect immediately after a DLP government is elected. The Freedom of Information Act and Integrity legislation will be dealt with in the first 100 days in office.

Any questions, give me a call. If you were part of the traditional media, you would have been invited to the news conference where you could have asked whatever you wanted.

Best regards
Reudon Eversley
Communications Director
DLP General Election Campaign 2008

Step #3… VICTORY!

Step #4… Anybody Mentions The Words “Transparency” or “Conflict Of Interest”, Tell Them To Piss Off

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55 responses to “Barbados Government’s 140 Days Of Broken Promises – In Four Easy Steps

  1. Donald Duck, Esq

    Remember the Agenda

    IMMEDIATE ACTION

    Labour rights legislation ( page 36)

    A new DLP government will move to immediately enact a comprehensive national Labour Rights legislative compendium which will include the following:

     A Full Employment Rights Act
     An Alternative Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Committee
     A Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act
     National minimum wages legislation
     Legislation fully recognizing Trade Unions.

    Approval of capital account transactions (page 25)

    Immediately review the current Central Bank procedures for approving capital account transactions with a view to simplifying and speeding up the approval (or denial) process for restricted transactions.

    Port charges (page 33)

    The DLP pledges to immediately re-examine the Port charges with a view to significantly reducing these to manufacturers as they consider them to be a burdensome cost. They say that tonnage dues are charged twice; – on raw materials when imported and again on finished products when being exported.

    Integrity legislation (page 48)

    Immediately introduce integrity legislation requiring

     a declaration of assets by public officials,
     a Code of Conduct for Ministers,
     a new Freedom of Information law,
     amendments to the Defamation laws and
     new constitutional provisions to rationalize the powers of the Prime Minister.

    Health issues (page 11)

    A new DLP Government will immediately embark on a health promotion campaign to sensitize the public to the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles

    ISSUES TO BE DEALT WITH IN FIRST 100 DAYS

    Don’t forget the DLP promises to do the following in the first 100 days

     Introduce the Agriculture Protection Act that will require a 2/3 majority of both houses of parliament for a change of use of land from agriculture.

     Remove VAT from building materials on houses valued up to $400,000.
     convene a National Consultation on Education

  2. Jerome Hinds

    BFP,

    With your boast of attracting 3 million readers , I had sincerely hoped that the quality and accuracy of your articles and researched would have improved !

    But oh NO !

    Did you guys not hear that the David Thompson Government is in the process of inviting the views of Barbadians to these laws & rules……..and to this end a unit has been established to facilitate the process.

    Come on…..you Blinking Fictional Press ( BFP ) can surely do better .

    ************************

    BFP says,

    1/ Where have the “invitations” been published?
    2/ When are the “views” of Barbadians to be received? How? What format?
    3/ Has a timetable for the “process” been published for all to see?
    4/ What is the detailed “process”?
    5/ What is the address of the “unit” that has been established to “facilitate” the “Process”? What is the phone number, email and website?
    6/ Who are the personnel that are dedicated to this “unit”?
    7/ What is the make-up of the “unit”? How many dedicated personnel? How many support staff?
    8/ What is the budget of the “Unit”?
    9/ Where can we find the detailed published mandate of the unit?
    10/ Why did Thompson say that he would adopt a Ministerial Code from day one?
    11/ Why did Thompson not adopt a Ministerial Code from day one?

    Those questions will do for a start, Jerome.

    Once again, you have gone from demanding ITAL prior to the election, but are now an apologist for inaction since your party was elected.

    AND SPEAKING OF TRANSPARENCY, ETHICS, ACCOUNTABILITY, INTEGRITY, ETC ETC ETC….

    Will the Prime Minister now establish Conflict of Interest Rules for himself and his Ministers regarding the use of business jets owned by companies that do business with the government? Will the Prime Minister now publish the costing and ownership details of his use of business jets?

    I believe the word is “transparency”.

    Oh… sorry… forgot… Thompson and his people already answered that question. They said “piss off”.

  3. Tony Hall

    Jerome,
    I agree with you. BFP is out of touch. Right now the process of enacting ITAL is in the works. It is not being done willy-nilly. The gov’t was trying to mirror Trinidad’s model but as you can see that model was so rigid that it is not encouraging the average citizen to get involved in politics. If I want to get involved in politics why would my wife, 1st cousin, nephew and uncle have to disclose their assets? Stop harping on this 100 day thing and let the legislation be properly drafted, and more importantly let the citizenry have great input.

  4. Donald Duck, Esq

    Remember this press statement about what Dr.Lowe had to say on the 100 day programme

    “Minister says 100 day programme on track

    “Thursday, 14 February 2008
    Social Care Minister Dr. Denis Lowe says the Democratic Labour Party is intent on carrying out the initiatives promised in its 100 days programme.

    Dr. Lowe, after meeting with Prime Minister David Thompson Wednesday, says government plans to stick to its programme, even if adjustments are to be made.

    “My meeting with the Prime Minister he indicated that we are pretty much on track in those critical areas. A commitment to the public is a commitment to the public.

    “As we continue to probe the various ministries that we have to manage we will be discovering things, whether they be matters related to administration or space or whatever.

    “Really at the end of the day I don’t believe the achievement of any hundred day program is going to make any difference if the people who have to deliver the mandates of those programs are unable to deliver their work.”

  5. no name

    Tony Hall says
    “Right now the process of enacting ITAL is in the works.”

    Yeah, right.

    The cheque is in the mail.

  6. Bajanboy

    They may be in the process of developing something, but without input from civil society, it will be a half baked effort.

    The most annoying thing here is that the DLP is adopting the same arrogance that was the downfall of the BLP.

  7. Hants

    What is the most important problem facing Barbados? ITAL?

    Canada its the stalling economy with job losses, rising food and Gas prices.

    USA same thing. Britain same thing including a Housing market crisis.

    “Hampered by mounting losses and trying to cut costs, Detroit-based parent General Motors Corp. stunned employees by announcing 30,000 layoffs at 12 of its North American plants, including extensive cuts at its GM Canada unit’s two Oshawa operations.

    Yes the DLP should keep its promises but I hope our BFP “family”are focused on saving your own jobs and Businesses.

    ITAL will come in good time but right now you need a Government that understands that Barbados is a tiny little powerless, non producing, consuming blip in this world that must now be micro managed as the world economy struggles.

    BFP how about keeping ITAL at the top of your post and discussion on economic solutions right under it.

    This way ITAL is no. 1 and the Economy is number 2.

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    BFP says,

    Hi Hants,

    I understand your concern, and you are correct that BFP has not been paying enough attention to economic matters – although we are of a view that Barbados is primarily in a position of having to respond to external forces right now.

    The cupboard is bare, but we had a HELL OF A CRICKET PARTY!!!

    Energy is job #1. We should have been way ahead of the curve in using wind, tides and sun – and energy from waste – but for some reason we are not… but we had a HELL OF A CRICKET PARTY!!!

    Anyway, we hear you.

    ITAL though is the foundation upon which all else is built. Without ITAL, whatever the government does to respond to the tough times out there will be corrupted and wasteful.

    We will not let up on ITAL. Not one bit.

    But we will try to pay attention to some other things too.

  8. Jason

    Great little article BFP. Nailed it as clear as a bell.

    What a joke from Jerome ” the David Thompson Government is in the process of inviting the views of Barbadians to these laws & rules……..and to this end a unit has been established to facilitate the process.”

    I love the bureaucratic bull…

    “in the process”

    “inviting the views”

    “to this end”

    “unit has been established”

    “facilitate the process”

    What BULL!!!!!

    Answer the questions Jerome… what is the address of your FICTIONAL “UNIT” ?????

    BULL!!!!!!!!!

  9. Red Lake Lassie

    What is the name of this fictional “unit” ????

  10. Hants

    Cow Williams wrote in the Nation.

    http://www.nationnews.com/editorial/13722215658085.php

    “St Lucy can produce, on the Land Lease Project, almost all of the food required to feed Barbadians.”

    Williams and Kellman. St.Lucy inc.

  11. ??

    Jerome, I find your comments more and more interesting. NOT!!!!! . 100+ days of disappointment. Unkept promises that you and WIV assured would be upheld…

  12. akabozik

    Jerome, I can’t seem to find the website for the ITAL unit.

    or the phone number.

    Can you please provide the website or phone number so I can contact the unit to ask some questions? I’d like to make a presentation to the unit.

  13. West Side Davie

    I want to make a presentatiion too.

    Where do I make it Jerome? I would like to send them an email today with my letter and then a more extensive presentation.

    Can anyone tell me the email address of the unit?

  14. akabozik

    nothing on the Barbados Government Information website and portal.

    Oh Dear, where can that ITAL unit be? It must be somewhere… nope, not here. How about over there?

    Nope, not there either.

    Hmmmmmmmm….. It looks like the ITAL unit has been misplaced.

    Jerome, please let us know when you find it!

  15. no name

    I am having difficulty understanding the opinion that ITAL is not the number one priority in getting us through the coming hard times.

    How can we be wise and plan well when there are few checks and balances to keep those handling our country’s financial affairs in line?

  16. Barbados the Beautiful

    To be sure without ITAL in place – already past the 100 day schedule – all we know is that when Thompy and the boys and girls we elected start ‘fixing things’ there will be pilfering aplenty cause no control over them.

    Sorry Thompy you gotta set a good foundation to build a house else it gonna fall apart an people be stealing all the bricks and boards too.

  17. Tell me Why

    Did you guys not hear that the David Thompson Government is in the process of inviting the views of Barbadians to these laws & rules……..and to this end a unit has been established to facilitate the process.

    Come on…..you Blinking Fictional Press ( BFP ) can surely do better .
    …………………………………………………………………………………
    Jerome, prior to January 15, you had the world of praises for every negative article BFP wrote about the last administration. I agreed with some of the lashes melted to them because certain ministries were operating as though we are sitting on a massive gold mine. But I will not allow operatives of your persuasion to hoodwink the facts relating to certain promises made to the electorate. The BFP articles are there to see and you commented on the said articles. Why the sudden negativity.

    As I stated in earlier posts, the DLP would have won the elections without stupid promises to the electorate. But oh no, we kept hearing about “immediate”, “first 100 days”, “first thing after winning the government” knowing that oil prices were raising and you would have to see the real economic figures of government’s expenditure before espousing ‘hot air’

    I am wondering if discussions were made with selected stakeholders about giving away NHC houses. It came as a surprise on a ‘special’ Brass Tack programme with Mr. Mascoll and Mr. Sinckler when all of a sudden Mr. Sinckler spoke of free houses for tenants, notwithstanding that Mr. Lashley was shadow minister of housing at the time.

    Am I wrong Jerome?

  18. Tell me Why

    Right now the process of enacting ITAL is in the works. It is not being done willy-nilly. The gov’t was trying to mirror Trinidad’s model but as you can see that model was so rigid that it is not encouraging the average citizen to get involved in politics.
    …………………………………………………………………………………..
    Tony, stop the swing. The ball is a fall toss that hit the top of the stand. This talk about ITAL was discussed way back in November when the DLP informed the public, that mean that the party was discussing it months before. Stop making excuses about the Trinidadian model and get it implemented, or should we say that it was a political slip of the tongue.
    Please inform the public Tony.

  19. Calling Senator??

    To be fair, Senator Orlando Marville, a former columnist in the Nation, is supposed to be working in this capacity. We therefore call on Senator Marville to make a statement as to when ITAL will be brought.

    There is nothing wrong with relatives having to declare their assets. That is how the politicians and criminals have laundered their cash in the past, and will continue to do so if not prevented. To say that it cannot be done is an admission that you are going to do it. QED.

  20. akabozik

    Calling Senator?? said “To be fair, Senator Orlando Marville, a former columnist in the Nation, is supposed to be working in this capacity”

    What kind of nonsense information is that?

    “Supposed to be working…”

    More bullsh*t misinformation that doesn’t matter.

    Show us the website. Show us the phone number of the “unit”. Show us the email address where we can contact this ITAL unit.

    Show us the dates and locations of submissions and public hearings. Show us the draft legislation that the DLP should have had ready a year ago.

    Show us the address of this FICTITIOUS “ITAL Unit”. Show us the staffing.

    It is all bullsh*t.

    140 days and counting.

  21. passin thru

    Calling Jerome Hinds! Calling Jerome Hinds!

    How do I contact the ITAL unit that has been created to facilitate the process?

    Who do I contact? What is the phone number?

    I’m going to call them now!

    Lies, lies and more lies from the DLP government.

  22. bussa

    can someone please list five countries that have ITAL legislation enacted in their law books because with all of this hpye about ITAL i am dying to find out a country that is free of corrupted politicians

    **************

    BFP says,

    ITAL does not free us of corrupt politicians, although it does tend to make them think twice and so is a deterrent. Mostly it allows us to document the corruption through transparency, penalize the politician due to integrity rules and then recover the loses through accountability measures.

    The argument that rules don’t help is a lie.

  23. Tell me Why

    Hi BFP. It seems that old stalwart Frank DaSilva will be the chairman of soon-to-be-launched Transparency International of Barbados. Maybe this might be the beginning of ITAL.

    ********************

    BFP says,

    Perhaps. There is obviously something wrong with TI’s methodology as it doesn’t currently acknowledge known corruption in this country at all. We looked into it a few months back and found that the TI ratings of Barbados were primarily based upon interviews with the same business elites that are part of the problem and have their fingers in the pie!

    A based-in-Barbados branch of TI will allow Bajans to have direct input into the TI rating and not rely upon third hand opinions from international consulting firms which is how it is done now.

  24. J

    I am not too sure that I am comfortable with any “Trinidad” model. I am not sure that Trinidad is in a position to lead Barbados anywhere. I am not sure at all. I feeling real discomfort already.

    P.S. J the one with dozens of Trini first cousins.

  25. bussa

    bfp base on your arguement hanging is also suppose to be a deterrant has that worked. What I get coming over is that the previous administration was so corrupt that there seems to be an obsession for ITAL to be placed on the law books without some kind of research or public opinion

    ***************

    BFP says,

    based upon your position, we should have no laws against murder because some people disobey the laws against murder.

    The political elites who do not want ITAL make it sound like we have to invent the whole thing from scratch – just like Gline Clarke did with the breathalizer law… made it seem like we had to invent the technology.

    Don’t waste everybody time with foolishness.

    Thompson said it would be a Ministerial Code from day one. He even handed out copies of it at a press conference.

    Was he stupid? Lying? Naive?

    Someone please explain why he would promise such a thing in writing if it was not possible!

    Again, I come up with stupid or naive or lying.

    Any other answer? Come on DLP defenders… explain it!

  26. Barbados the Beautiful

    Answer to Bussa:

    We can show you plenty of countries where government officials, elected or not, have gone to jail by way of ITAL for filling their own pockets with taxpayer money.

    Surely that is more of a deterrent than the joke we have here in Barbados where the piggies have no shame while they elbow each other to get at the trough and then later brag about how much they got.

    Worse yet was the sad civil servant we know who thought he was being saintly by only taking a bit to find out that his underlings were getting more. That made him mad.

  27. View from the edge

    So now the excuse is that we will get inferior politicians if we make them and their families declare assets because some won’t want to run.

    Listen here. Give us 30 honest politicians who dont put their pockets ahead of the country’s interests and we will put up with them being inferior. Then again are we sure the present ones are not inferior? It is hard to tell when they hide everything they do and no way for us to do anything even when they robbing everything in site.

  28. Hants

    Calling Senator?? says
    “There is nothing wrong with relatives having to declare their assets.”
    I disagree.
    This would only work starting next election.

    I bet half of the current Government and opposition have relatives who would refuse to declare their assets.Trust me.

    Only the MPs should declare their assets and put their Businesses in a blind trust.
    Canada has ITAL based on this principal as well as a freedom of information Act.

    A reasonable model to adopt.

  29. ??

    F DaS incahrge of transparancy its getting cloudy already!

  30. Tell me Why

    A based-in-Barbados branch of TI will allow Bajans to have direct input into the TI rating and not rely upon third hand opinions from international consulting firms which is how it is done now.
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    I doubt it very much that a local base for TI with someone like Mr. DaSilva who is a long-term supporter of the ruling party will generate information to embarrass the government. I am positive that this would be another red herring just like ITAL.

  31. bussa

    bfp that is not what I am saying I am saying that there is a penalty for murder but our murder rate still goes up year after year. if and when ITAL is introduce it will not stop persons from dipping there hands in the cookie jar and god forbid if it is not one of your children. give the red man a chance to implement his policies is this policy the only one that you are currently judging the current admin on and by the way I am no defender of any party

  32. I trust that many of you loyal blp supporters are finally awaking to the fact that this same party that you use to worship is being unravelled as the crooks we know them to be.

    Today the house was hushed when the PM revealed that part one of the Forensic Audit is in hand and it clearly suggest that legal proceedings needs to be begun, they have also suggested that it would be correct to begin a part two of this same Forensic Audit to delve deeper into the going ons at this dirty mess HARDWOOD HOUSING that Mascot and arthur were part of.

    It is high time that these scamps are dealt with firmly and from the report of the Forensic Audit it has removed any doubt that fraud existed or that those involved should be sent to the DPP.

    I must praise the new Gov’t under the leadership of the Prime Minister The Hon David Thompson for bringing this matter before the people in the time frame that it has and in as a quick a time as it was done.

    While this investigation is on going we are also hearing of other Forensic Audits being agreed to in other Gov’t Depts, but right around the corner is the correction of the madness that went on at Coastal and Leo Brewster and his companion, I have no sympathy for those that steal and MAKE THE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR THEIR GOOD TIMES.

  33. Pat

    “Canada has ITAL based on this principal as well as a freedom of information Act.

    A reasonable model to adopt.”
    *****************************

    Thanks, Hants. I was going to suggest the same thing. It is old and tested.

  34. Tell me Why

    Today the house was hushed when the PM revealed that part one of the Forensic Audit is in hand and it clearly suggest that legal proceedings needs to be begun
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    I listen and listen to hear any concrete with the forensic audit with HW, but as usual it is the same old talk without conclusive evidence to lock away anyone.

    Only WIV can read between the lines and let the public know about the audit.

    By the way, the 12:30 p.m VOB news state about the sending home of employees in the Urban Development office. This is the second day in office bt the new chairman. Let’s hear some more WIV or Jerome.

  35. The sooner the likes of me and me too comes to grips with the reality that the BLP proved to be a MORALESS, CORRUPT,. DISHONEST bunch of SPINELESS CROOKS the better for them.

    Did you listen to stage one today in Parliament, HARDWOOD HOUSING that arthur tried to shield Mascot and himself from is following him at a rate and it is only a matter of time that the likes of them will face the court system, and then to the VECO prison that HALLAM NICHOLLS, OWING ARTHUR and GLYNE BANNISTER ought to reside in for many years to come.

    You tell me why the honest taxpayers and citizens should or need to tolerate corruption and stealing as has been openly displayed by the previous Gov’t?

    I give full marks to the new Gov’t for having the will power to sweep thru and remove corruption at every level of Goverance in this island.

    I can tell you that at URBAN it is no different than it was at Coastal with the Leo Brewster and his girlfriend digging into the treasury and stealing from us at will, the same to with Nicholls, Bannister, Peter Harris, Owing Arthur, Glyne Bannister, Glyne Clark, and the list goes on.

    If there is dishonesty at URBAN it has to be eradicated and it will be in a hurry, no questions asked in actual fact it WILL BE REMOVED AT EVERY AREA THAT IT IS FOUND, why should we accept the position that every contract that was awarded by workers at URBAN an arrangement fee of a min of $ 1000.00 was charged to the person trying to get the contract, this is totally dishonest and I fully support the program to end this type of action.

    I am sure you will find every reason under the son not to want to stop this stealing but trust me your methods are a thing of the past.

    HONEST PAY FOR AN HONEST DAYS WORK.

    My call is to pursue corruption in every department of Gov’t and deal brutally with those that are part of the stealing.

    To this end pursue and charge and send to prison any and all that are corrupt, the masses will not be annoyed it will be only the dishonest in our midst that will see no wrong in this lot, the majority will be pleased to see tough action on a tough subject of crime.

    CLEAN THE MESS UP NO QUESTIONS ASKED MAKE THE PLACE A MORE HONEST AND JUST PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE AND CARRY OUT BUSINESS.

    THE HONEST ONES WILL RESPECT YOU AND LOVE YOU FOR YOUR EFFORT.

  36. Mea Culpa

    Is there ITAL for blog sites? Who pays to keep BFP up and running? Who is their piper?

    ************************

    BFP says,

    It costs nothing to run our blog. WordPress.com is free. You can start your own blog tomorrow as many Bajans have!

  37. Tell me Why

    To this end pursue and charge and send to prison any and all that are corrupt, the masses will not be annoyed it will be only the dishonest in our midst that will see no wrong in this lot, the majority will be pleased to see tough action on a tough subject of crime.
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    And if the audits or courts are unable to condemn individuals, what will be the next step? Am I to believe that the successful candidates are afraid of ITAL in case one of them becomes addicted to taxpayers’ money.

    By the way, the report as reported by the PM did not implicate any wrongdoings by Arthur or Mascoll. I thought this was the real reason for the audit?

  38. politically incorrect

    The PM lied.

    If he is willing to lie about WRITTEN things in a manifesto that is there for the whole world to see and can be proven as lies, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what will happen next.

  39. Mea Culpa

    Tell me why: Maybe you should wait. Is the objective Mascoll and Arthur? I thought it was to get at criminality.

    You seem to be trying to suggest that Mascoll and Arthur are dishonest and that if the repoprt does not lock them up its a waste of time. Strange comment. Do you work for Mia?

  40. dog-bite-yah

    Wishing in Vain! Hear! Hear! I’d like government though to consider refitting Glendairy as a prison for white collar criminals; and let Dodds be for the hardliners. We will need a place to put for Old Briggand and his friends.He can show us how to plant food utilising Glendary’s land.

  41. Tell me Why

    You seem to be trying to suggest that Mascoll and Arthur are dishonest and that if the repoprt does not lock them up its a waste of time. Strange comment. Do you work for Mia?
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    My friend, you failed to understand my arguments. I said and I am saying that prior to the election the focus was directed on Mascoll and Arthur and was meant to discredit the two gentlemen. I am also saying, that the report as stated by the PM failed to mention these two people. I am now saying that all the talk was purely political and now the PM has no alternative but to continue with an luke warm audit that might not link these people to wrong doings. I will await the real copy, maybe my friend WIV might be able to share the report with the BFP family.

    Finally, I am not a bona fide BLP or DLP suporter, and certainly, I do not work for Mia.

  42. Mea Culpa

    Tell Me Why:

    The PM quite clearly said he will not call names AT THIS TIME IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE.

    Now tell me, Mia, do you still want him to call Owen’s and Clyde’s name? Tell us who you think David Thompson means when he says “senior members of the BLP”?

    Of he doesn’t mean Clyde and Owen, does he mean you since you and Ishmel Roett almost destroyed the parliament of ouor beloved country in defending Clyde Mascoll?

  43. Sad To Say

    David & Co. seem to be no different from Owen & Co.

    Let us face some grim facts:
    1. The politics in our dear little island has been hijacked by a bunch of crooks on both sides of the political fence
    2. Thompson et al is going to be providing excuses for the next 4 + 1/2 years why they fulfilled very few of their election promises
    3. I strongly believe that this DLP administration will be the first government to only serve one term
    4. While I do believe that Thompson as a person has good intentions, however, he does not have the balls to stand up to some of the crooked elements of his party – in and out of parliament
    5. I am very sad because I voted for the THIRD TIME in my (50 yrs of) life for the DEMS. I strongly suspect that if a snap election were held today the BEES would win – hands down. Most of us would have a difficult time stomaching Mia as Prime minister
    6. We have once again been screwed by a bunch of unprincipled crooks who will say anything to be elected
    7. WE HAVE NO CHOICE but to come together as concerned citizens of our dear little rock and lobby for laws that regulates the current political system
    8. There has to be a paradigm shift where we move towards political emancipation. There are too many Bajans who are incapable of thinking outside of their political confines.
    9. Political tribalism is alive and well in this new Thompson administration. Unfortunately our little country with limited resources can not afford such a luxury

  44. Tell me Why

    The PM quite clearly said he will not call names AT THIS TIME IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE.

    Now tell me, Mia, do you still want him to call Owen’s and Clyde’s name? Tell us who you think David Thompson means when he says “senior members of the BLP”?
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    First, let me state I am not Mia. Did you follow the linking of the junior minister involved in the Jamaica’s Light bulb scandal? We didn’t hear about them withholding names. The Jamaican government called names long before any court proceedings and the rest is history. I have a sneaky feeling that this report will be unable to link anyone to any wrongdoings. WIV since you are the advisor to the party, can you publish the meaty side of the report. We are begging for your inside assistance.

  45. Thistle

    Stick around, Mea Culpa, this blog has been taken over by Bees. However, the only way Frankology/Tell Me Why could be Mia is if she is deliberately using bad grammar to throw people off. Mia is a product of Queen’s College and her grammar would be impeccable. Go ahead TMW – throw your brickbat now – the truth hurts, so you will want to hurt back.

  46. Tell me Why

    Thistle. These blogs are not a thesis for a doctorate in the usage of language, it is for an expression of ideas and criticisms that affect the man in the street. It is not about the language, but the strength of my submissions.

    Let me sum up people of your ilk. My submissions are based on instinctual energy that remains constant despite displacement and various qualitative transformations due to partisans supporters who try to hamper one’s ideas by trying to shift focus on the subject.

    I am sorry to say, but your one-submission per month shows that your intellectual skills are below par. By the way, I attended Parkinson School and I can rub shoulders with people from the erudite elite schools. Now, decipher the grammatical points, otherwise shut up and drive.

  47. Tell me Why

    What a name “Thistle” – popular name for many spiny and usually weedy plants, but especially applied to members of the family Asteraceae ( aster family) that have spiny leaves and often showy heads of purple, rose, white, or yellow flowers followed by thistledown seeds (a favorite food of the goldfinch)

    I prefer to talk to a human being.

  48. Tell me Why

    BFP, you are deliberately with holding my submissions.

    *********************

    BFP says,

    Ah the old problem of inadequate service by BFP staff! So sorry massa, I was taking the little one to g’mas. I promise to be more timely in my moderation duties. So sorry massa that I can’t meet your standards.

  49. SuperNova

    It is my opinion that a PM that fails to keep most(probably 95%) of the promises made during the electoral campaign should resign.
    November 5th 2007- Barbados Advocate :
    Thompson said”change of government, lower prices” (????)…..no comment.

  50. Equilibrium

    Let it be known that a question has been placed on the respected floor of parliament kindly requesting that the prime minister in his delightful and reinvigorating attemt to show transparency, account for the expenditures associated with the flights on the privately owned jet of CLICO.

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  53. Eff I wuz...

    Eff I wuz de Dems, I wud call the election in a tearing hurry
    while they still have some credibility left
    and still stand a halfway chance of winning an election.

    Don’t wait til 2012, bcoz that is not shaping up well
    and their chances of winning are steadily declining!

    Hear what I tell you.

  54. Middle Class Voter

    Sandiford-Garner on Starcom news – “The Middle Class don’t know hardship.” What a manifesto to carry into the next election!

    She ent done with us until she grinds us down to nuttin.

    Meanwhile Sir Hilary Beckles presides over his toilet paper factory , the ring-fenced army of occupation sneers at us as we attempt to transact our business with Government Departments, the Honourable PM protects his friend, Ponzi Parris, and the promised integrity legislation has bitten the dust.

    I voted for you last time, DLP, but you let me down, you let me down…

  55. SwingVoter!

    I-Man am that dangerous swing-voter your mother warned you about!
    In the past I have voted BLP, DLP and NDP and may yet, again.
    I am yet to vote for the Communist cadre in our midst
    but that is still a possibility, seeing as how
    * I sure as hell don’t want Oweing back in for more BLP skullduggery
    * the Dems have indeed disappointed (as per M.C.Voter above),
    * Richie say he DWD = done wid dat,
    so Who Now is left to vote for?? ……..Independents?